Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group (Pattern Development) announced the completion of North Kent Wind, a 100 megawatt (MW) wind power facility located in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
North Kent Wind is utilizing 34 Siemens Gamesa 3.2 MW wind turbines with towers and blades that were made in Ontario.
“Samsung is proud to complete its sixth wind project under our Green Energy Investment Agreement with the government of Ontario,” said Eskay Lee, vice president, Samsung C&T. “Samsung and its partners have created jobs and invested in the community, benefiting real people in Chatham-Kent and across the province.”
“North Kent Wind marks our sixth operational wind power facility in Ontario, totaling more than one gigawatt of capacity, enough to power more than 400,000 homes each year,” said Mike Garland, president and CEO of Pattern Development.
“North Kent Wind was built entirely by Ontario workers and is generating substantial economic benefits in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent by injecting more than $40 million in direct spending into the local economy over the next 20 years,” Garland added.
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent also holds a 15 percent equity interest in North Kent Wind through its affiliate Entegrus Renewable Energy. Bkejwanong First Nation, also known as Walpole Island First Nation, also holds a 15 percent equity interest in North Kent Wind.
The 100 MW North Kent Wind facility is expected to generate enough clean energy to meet the electricity needs of approximately 35,000 Ontario homes annually, based on average annual residential energy use in Ontario.
The facility operates under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).